Sammamish Chief of Police, Nate Elledge, credits better detection and enforcement for the increase in driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in his city in 2009. There were 50 drunk drivers arrested in Sammamish in 2009 compared with 16 in 2008.
Elledge credits the addition of a DUI enforcement specialist, Officer Steve Johnson, for helping detect and arrest drunk drivers. Johnson is a certified drug recognition expert and was named Officer of the Year for King County Police Precinct 2 which is the area north of Interstate 90 and east of Interstate 405 to Snoqualmie Pass.
Elledge told the Reporter that half of the 521 fatal car accidents in 2008 involved alcohol and that there were 17,000 DUI convictions in Washington State in 2009.
In Washington State, a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% is considered intoxicated.
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Drive drunk, get caught – Sammamish DUIs triple
Reported by Jake Lynch Sammamish Reporter Editor Mar 24, 2010